Prisoners Literature Project

Volunteer

Volunteer with us!

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways.

[UPDATE: PLP is gradually re-introducing in person volunteer sessions, post-COVID. For now, they will be in smaller groups, often (but not always) on Wednesdays and Sundays, and by invitation only. You can fill in this Google Form to get on the list to be contacted about attending a session!]

(Map – there’s plenty of local parking, and the office is walkable in 11-15 minutes from downtown Berkeley BART or Ashby BART  – also, AC Transit bus #18 stops nearby.)

[Note on our code of conduct: The PLP strives to be an inclusive, friendly and collaborative group. We ask volunteers to always use helpful and respectful communication. Participants asked, by anyone, to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, talk to a volunteer session coordinator.]

Please note that we can’t accept prisoner book requests at the Berkeley address.  Book requests from U.S. prisoners must be mailed to PLP; c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Other ways to help?

If you can’t make it in-person to our volunteer sessions, we’d still love your help.  In particular, we’re looking for donations — both one-time and recurring — to help pay for postage on the hundreds of book packages we send out monthly.

Other things we’d love help with include:  fundraising efforts, publicity, and contacting publishers and distributors to get multiple copies of our most sought-after books.  We need to keep building our reserves — and further reduce our request backlog.

Got more ideas?  Come to a meeting and share them with us!

About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an inclusive, all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage reading, the pursuit of knowledge, and self-determination among incarcerated people. By sending free reading materials to those behind bars, PLP aims to foster learning and critical thinking. We believe that all people have a right to read.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Latest News
PLP: Summer 2021 update
Aug 2021

We wanted to update you all on the post-pandemic status of the Prisoners Literature Project.


A PLP ‘thank you’ – bead art!
Apr 2021

Here’s some wonderful bead art sent to us, as a ‘thank you’ from an incarcerated person receiving books from the PLP.


Honoring Black History Month at the PLP
Feb 2021

February is Black History Month, and the Prisoners Literature Project is honoring the month by updating our book wishlist with a host of titles themed around the month.